Life + Style

August 25, 2010


So my mom and cousin left yesterday. This pretty much sums up how I feel now that Matthew and I are back on our own.
At least I'm showered and pretending to get dressed these days.


August 24, 2010

Just a few favorites of BabyGirl from her 4 week Birthday!!!

August 23, 2010


Okay, so BabyGirl was officially diagnosed with non-syndromatic sagittal craniosynostosis with scaphocephaly. (I think I burned at least 50 calories just remembering and typing all that). She'll have her first corrective surgery in October at MUSC Children's Hospital.
Dr. Glazier, the pediatric neurosurgeon we saw on Friday, and his surgical partner, a plastic surgeon at Wake Forrest, learned the technique from a surgeon in Sweden who invented it and they pioneered all the trials and research involved to get it approved in America.
It's not a common procedure.
They've only performed this particular surgery 15o times in the past 10 years.
Thankfully it's not nearly as invasive as the original technique which involved multiple blood transfusions and a lengthy stay in the ICU. They'll make an S shape incision down the the entire length of her skull and remove the fused sutures (the bone that grew together that shouldn't have) and place several metal springs to force the skull to remain open. This allows her brain sufficient room to force the skull back into a proper position allowing it room to expand. She'll return four to six months later for another surgery to remove the springs. She'll need to wear a protective helmet in the car or if she's around older children or pets or scenarios where she might be jostled. The good news is that she'll have both of the surgeries before her first Birthday and she'll never remember a thing.
Her team has had a 100% success rate with no recurrences or follow up surgeries needed.
We feel so blessed to have so many friends and family praying for our sweet baby. We are confidant that she is in God's loving hands and he's placed her in the physical hands of a highly skilled surgeon.
I've nicknamed him McSteadyHands.
In my opinion that's better than McDreamy or McSteamy combined.

August 19, 2010

Doubled up on SPANX

Okay, so we got an A+ at the pediatrician's office. She's gained a full pound from her lowest weight which was right on target. She was 8lbs 7oz at birth and dipped down to 7lbs 3oz at her lowest. We're back up to 8lbs 3oz and she's gone from 19 1/2" to 20 1/4" so she's still quite the bitty little thing. She was in the 35th percentile for weight and the 75th for height.
Long and lean.
If only her momma could say the same.
It's completely unfair and deceiving to look down and see no real trace of my pregnancy belly and feel puffed up on self-esteem only to be deflated when I attempted to try on a pair of jeans, then another, then some shorts, then everything else pre-pregnancy I own. I guess my confidence wasn't the only thing that was drastically inflated.
When does the wideness go away?
I'm not sure I can work out or starve away the new location of my rib cage or hips.
PLEASE don't think I'm insane. Yes, I do realize that I had a baby three weeks ago and this is totally normal and better than expected. It's more of a physical problem than a mental one. As in, how the hell am I supposed to physically put on clothes other than Matthew's boxers and t-shirts and my too-big maternity wear?
They say Spanx can help you look 10lbs slimmer. Do you think if I wear two pairs at one time it will trick you into thinking I'm 20lbs smaller?
If you live in the Pawleys area you might just be privy to the results of that little experiment.
Say a little prayer for us, we're keeping our fingers crossed for tomorrow's appointment. We are thrilled that the doctor holds a clinic in our area once a month and just so happens to be coming to the hospital where BabyGirl was born tomorrow. This saves us a trip to Charleston. Not that we don't love any excuse to get down there, but it will be much more fun when it's under better circumstances. I'm already daydreaming about putting BabyGirl in her bassinet and strolling down King Street. This adventure also involves barber jackets and Burberry scarves so we might have to wait the heat out before it comes to fruition.

August 18, 2010


Pretty excited about my Mimi and cousin Katie coming to visit today!!!

August 17, 2010


Okay everyone, lets welcome the fabulous Keely from luxe+lillies!

I thought since Julia is about to welcome a beautiful baby into the world... it would be perfect to share some beautiful little baby spaces. I am all for functionality (and babies need a lot of stuff) but I think a lovely space to welcome them home to is probably just as important to the mommies and daddies to be.

And while I don't have any little ones of my own, here are nursery's that inspire now... and someday.

You have all probably seen this one, but I just couldn't resist... It's SO beautiful

that pendant... the rug... the seagrass wallpaper, this baby is just asking to be super stylish.

and for the little prince or princess...

the serenity of this room is absolutely calming (maybe the room itself would put a little one to sleep)

or, if this was my nursery, I would probably just stare at that chandelier all day.

Jenna Lyon's son Beckett's room is ultra hipster. The stripes on the ceiling and that modern crib... I die!

Finally.. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's twins' nursery. It oozes with glamour. Usually I'm more for a simple and clean room... but this was too gorgeous to pass up. Every detail was carefully thought out, and it is truly a magical place for a little babe.

[via] decorpad

Thank You so much Julia for having me over! It was a pleasure, and I can't wait to see your little one!


August 16, 2010

Domestic Diva

print by Leslie Graff via Beth's Blog

What a rainy couple of days we've had. They were perfect for being lazy and resting and just what I needed before a busy week.

BabyGirl turns 3 weeks old today and I feel like I'm finally starting to get into the swing of things. We're all starting to get into a routine and about to implement BabyWise which makes me giddy in hopes of future nights of sleep. I've heard it works like magic for anyone who really follows it.

Any advice is welcome!!!

Tomorrow is her big 3week appointment and I am PRAYING that BabyGirl has gained enough weight. We had several failed attempts surrounding her first appointment and I can't handle it if we don't pass tomorrow. Of course I know if we have too much success and BabyGirl has gotten too big I will cry all the same because she is growing and won't stay my little baby bug forever.


Wednesday my Mother comes back.


I'm really impressed with how well Matthew and I have fared on our own but it will be so nice to have another pair of skilled hands around the house to help around the clock. My mom is a night owl and doesn't mind the late shift. My cousin Katie is also coming to help out and snuggle on our little bug for a few days.

This means Matthew and I can actually go out on a date.

A real one.

And we'll be rested enough to enjoy it.

Friday we have an appointment with our pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Glazier, from MUSC. Yes, you read that right. BabyGirl's head is football shaped and she was diagnosed with Craniosynostosis at birth.
Go ahead and google it. I already have.
She will most likely need surgery to correct the premature closure of several fissures in her skull. That's pretty much all we know until we meet with the experts this week so I promise to fill you in as we get more information.

And, tomorrow we have guest blogger Keely from Luxe+Lillies stopping by for a chat so don't miss out on her fabulous post!

And here's a little something to leave you with!
PS-there's more if you follow the link, Posh BabyGirl, on the sidebar.

August 13, 2010

Pajama Day!

Rough morning.

Not the morning after a Dengate's night kinda rough.
But similar.
I love that I have nothing better to do than not get dressed and take a cuddle with my BabyGirl all day. I read that in one of the parenting books, "take a cuddle", the writer was British and I thought it was more brilliant than "Happy Christmas" and decided to adopt it.
I might even stay in my pjs all weekend.
I'm hoping y'all have more exciting plans you can share with me because right now I live vicariously!

August 12, 2010

To all my male readers and interior design interested only peeps, stop reading here. This whole post is going to not only bore you but scare you as well and probably make you swear off my blog forever. And I don't want that to happen. I'm not going to hold it against you and I suggest you hop on over to the side bar POSH BABYGIRL to see some more precious pics of my fabulous child like the one above!

For the rest of you, its really not that bad. Especially if you are a mom or know a new one.

Anyone who tells you the hardest part about a newborn is the sleeplessness obviously didn't breastfeed. That is way harder. Probably the hardest thing I've ever attempted to do. And according to both the lactation consultant at the hospital and our pediatrician's office, BabyGirl and I are really good at it. Only problem? My body didn't get the memo. My milk has never really come in. No giant porn-star boobs, no soreness, no engorgement or letdown. No tingles and sadly, no milk. After several failed attempts to get BabyGirl to pass a weight check at the doctors office I sat down and became super friendly with my Medela pump. I think I frightened myself by that first visual. I'm producing about an ounce on one side and half and ounce on the other at best. And this is with my mother keeping me rested, fed and my child calm. No biggie, I pump and we supplement with formula. Not the plan. But who cares, you know what BabyGirl thinks of those anyway.
So my mother left last Saturday and what happens? BabyGirl stays up all night screaming and spitting up on Daddy, it's projectile I'm told, while this PoshMama stays up all night with the feverish woes of mastitis. If you don't know what that is, you're lucky. It feels like the flu. If you do, I am so sorry for each and every one of you. As if taking care of a newborn isn't hard enough, I get this. Apparently this causes me to produce even less and for it taste funky. My child wants nothing to do with it.
Apparently she has an advanced palate.
You should have seen the look on my face as I poured two hard earned ounces down the drain.
Thank the the lord, seriously, I mean no disrespect, for antibiotics.
I feel a bit more human now.
I even convinced Matthew to take his us all to Barnes & Noble.
Needless to say she projectiled the moment we hit the double doors.
Uggh, tomorrow I'm thinking we stay home to nap.


August 11, 2010

A not-so-hot MESS

Dear Ms. Olsen,
Thanks so much for making it stylish and perhaps even trendy to be a disheveled caffeine-addicted mess who hides behind oversized sunglasses in ratty clothes in public.
You've made my day.

August 10, 2010


Have y'all seen Nicole's house yet floating around the bloggy world?

She's got an awesome blog called Sketch42 and an even more awesome condo.

Take a look!

I love that it's so sleek and modern yet still liveable and the cool tones don't make it cold or sterile. I'm loving all the acryllic furniture as well to keep everything feeling light and airy. Such great inspiration!


August 5, 2010

Hunter Rain Boots

Dear BabyGirl,

Would you like a pair of pink HUNTER rain boots to match mommy's?

I thought so.

You work on convincing Daddy.

Tell him you need them for pond fishing at the cabin. It worked for me.

He's going to kill me when he finds out I told you that I not only bought myself the black ones because I knew they were more practical but also the pink ones because some days you just need pink. Especially rainy days.

Love & Kisses!

PS-yes, that's me and that's what my stomach looked like before you lived in it.

Do y'all have a favorite rain boot or rain coat?

What about a cute umbrella or other accessory that brightens your rainy days?


August 4, 2010

Rosie Campbell

Meet Rosie Campbell, she designs these badass belt buckles. One of these days I'm going to find my waist again and fit into my jeans without the help of the bella band and might actually be able to wear such cute belt jewelry.


August 3, 2010

Elizabeth Kimberly Part II

This didn't dissapoint, did it?

If I ever win the lottery I will recreate this entire house.

It's perfection.

And it also has me totally in love with the color grey.

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